Resealing your RV roof is part of essential maintenance of the RV. Besides, it helps protect the roof from further damages and water getting inside the RV. The actual cost will depend on what you want to seal or replace.
So, how much does it cost to reseal an RV roof? The cost is dependent on what has been damaged, the size of the roof, the material used to make it, roof cleaning materials and the needed sealants, labor and delivery cost of supplies.
Average Market Prices for Roof Materials
|Type of Material||Price per Square Foot|
|Metal Roof||21 cents|
|Fiber Roof||18 cents|
|Rubber Roof||45 cents|
The actual roof coating and sealing cost ranges from $1.5-3.5 per square feet. Thus, the average expected total cost can range from $2,250-5,250 for normal simple roofs. High end architecture designs ranges from $9,000-12,000.
Generally, to determine the actual cost to reseal a roof several factors must be put into considerations before adding the math.
Once you have the material you need you also keep in mind that you need a good coating for the roof. The coating as well as sealants should be apply on a well cleaned and dried roof to make them stick well and enhance the appearance of the roof.
What to expect in this guide:
- Actual price to for roof coating
- Approximate coverage of 5 gallon coat
- When should you reseal your roof?
- How to reseal RV top
- How to use flex
- How much sealant you need
- Best sealants you can use
- Durability of RV roof and rubber roof
- Durability if roof coating
- How to stop roof from leaking
- Should you pressure wash your roof?
So, How Much Does Roof Coating Cost?
The cost would depend with the type of the RV roof. However, polyurethane roof sealant ranges from $1.50-$3 per square foot. Metal and aluminum coating can cost $1.50-$3.0 per square foot.
However, the slope of the RV roof can affect the coating quantity hence the price. Flat roof coating materials can be $1.50-$3.50 per square foot.
Labor cost for flat roof ranges from $0.50-$3.0 per square foot. Coating for metallic roof ranges from $1-$2 per square foot.
Sloped roof coating materials can cost about $1.50-$3.50 per square foot so average total cost ranges from $2,250-5,250.
Besides, high end architectural designs are expensive and ranges from $6-$8 making up a total of about $9,000-$12,000. Labor is expensive than flat roof.
The number of coat to be applied on the roof depends on the type of coating you have. For example, acrylic and urethan coats should be applied at least twice while silicone coat can be applied once. Purchase a quality coat suitable for your RV.
Sometimes you may not need to actually remove the whole roof because you have a small opening that can easily be fixed with a sealant.
Find an RV sealant to seal the cracks and any possible places that allow leaks such as around vents, the a/c unit, roof edge, or window gaps.
The type of sealant to use depends with the magnitude of damages to be sealed. Sealant can come as a tape such as EternaBond, liquid, or a caulk. Clean the area to be sealed before applying the sealant.
A cleaned surface enhances the adhesiveness of the sealant to the roof such that it sticks well and completely seal the gap. Keep in mind that some roof coats act as sealant. Do your homework to be sure and save some cost.
Other than the roof, always maintain the RV well and do repairs if need be. Proper maintenance would enhance the durability of the RV and also maintain is resale value in future. Besides, a well maintained RV can be used for full time RV living.
How Much Does a 5 Gallon Bucket Roof Coat Cover?
To help you in this, I will try and be brand specific best on my own experience having used the product. Although it depends with what manufacturer states. The product under discussion is GacoRoof coating which is locally available and you can order online.
With a 5 gallon of Gaco roof coat, you can be able to coat about 250 square feet roof size with double coat.
If you are just doing a single coat then the 5 gallon coat would be more than enough since 1 gallon in a single coat can cover 100 square feet roof.
Gaco roof coat is weather resistant as it withstands harsh temperatures without peeling, cracking, or bubbling. It has a waterproof capability and acts a sealant to small cracks and crevices. It is easy to apply and sticks well on many roof.
Roofs in which you can use the coat include
- RV’s roofs
- metal roof
- cap sheet
- gravel rood
- modified bitumen
- sprayed urethane foam
- concrete roofs
- barrel tile
- flat roof
- mobile homes
- low-pitched roofs
- built-up roofs
How Often Should You Reseal Your RV Roof?
You should reseal your roof at least once a year as part of general maintenance of the RV. Although some RV have been resealed even after 3 years since some people only reseal once they have a damage such as leaks.
However, some people may have to reseal more than once depending with the actual condition of an RV. I mean an accident such as a treefall on the roof would require resealing even when you have not scheduled to do so.
Damages from water significantly reduces the value of your trailer and if you want to resale then you can easily go for a loss for massive repairs that could be prevented by regular sealing maintenance.
Leaks can occur and you can easily trace where the leak is coming from. However, when conducting a general sealing maintenance be sure to inspect and if possible, seal the roof sides, front, and even the rear cap attachment seams.
To be more specific, anything that sticks out of the roof can have a leak and should be resealed.
If you can seal the roof by yourself it is ok, and if severe damages are present have the dealer sort you. Also, if the RV is still under the warranty simply get the dealer fix the leaks at no cost.
Also, it is cheaper to do regular reseal than wait for massive damages to happen for you to conduct a reseal which may be costly especially is you will require an actual change in roof top.
How Do You Reseal an RV Top?
It will depend with where the gap is and how big it is. Besides, be sure to inspect any possible opening since most cracks needs a thorough inspection to be identified early enough before damages worsen.
If you are resealing your roof by yourself, follow these steps:
Thoroughly clean the roof. Remove dirt, and any litter from the roof. Scrape of any debris with caution and not to wear the roof.
Get your sealant. Be sure to use the right sealant depending on the type of roof material you use since sealants have different adhesive properties on different materials.
It is worth noting that not all sealants can be used on your roof. If unsure, consult your dealer.
Resealing a metal roof
You can use Eternabond sealant, is a tape like seal that seals cracks permanently. Also, in some hidden cracks you can use a rubberized leak stopped that seeps slowly through cracks and seals. You can use the rubberized seal throughout any protruding item from your roof.
When using the rubberized sealant extra caution should be practiced. Wear gloves and an overall or a cloth you wont mind any spilling since the spillage can damage your clothes and do not wash off.
Resealing fiberglass roof
For a ripped off or torn roof, you may use a fiberglass repair tape. You first spread sealer over the area to be sealed. Lay your fiber tape over the sealer. Then cover that tape with the sealer. Your damage is fixed.
Resealing rubber roof
They are the most durable for at least 10 years with no need of repairs. Often regular cleaning is essential with just soap and water. Do not clean with petroleum based products as it gets damages with are irreparable.
A rubber roof that appears swollen or loose is likely to have been damaged with a petroleum product.
Coat the rubber roof with EPDM coat. It protects the rubber from further damages. Mixing the EPDM coating with a sealant will ensure all possible cracks are well sealed after coating the roof.
Everguard TPO rubber coat can also be used in place of EPDM. It is more rigid with a shinny appearance. Clean the roof before applying this coat. Cracks can be repaired with sealant.
Other rubber roof sealant include Dyco Flow Seal Caulk. It works well in sealing cracks and joints preventing any water leakages. Apply the sealant around any protrusion from the roof.
Massive damages with require full replacement of the roof. You may need help from you dealer to be able to find the most suitable and fitting roof for the RV.
Can You Use Flex Seal on RV rubber roof?
Yes but ensure you wear protective gear when applying the flex. Flex is a good sealant for cracks, and gaps. So, can flex seal be used on roofs? Yes. It can be used as a sealant.
The seal prevents leakages and further damages from occurring. Be sure to understand the pros and cons of using flex as a sealant.
Flex seal come in different forms including as a liquid, spray, tape and a shot. Flex seal liquid is a rubber-like liquid that seals cracks and small openings quickly. It is resistant to harsh weather and does not crack, peel or melt.
Flex seal spray is a liquid that is applied as a spray. It is easy to apply since you do not require rollers or brushes. Although extra caution should be maintained since it can damage your eyes. Wear eye googles and other protective gear.
Flex seal shot is used in a hard to reach locations such as around the air conditioner, or window among others. Applying pressure on the can pours out the flex and stops when pressure is released.
Flex seal tape is a tape that you ties around reachable places such as a roof tear.
Pros of Flex seal
It is affordable and easy to apply. Also, it dries faster and seals the cracks in minutes. It is a quick tool for maintenance while on the move. You can find it easily in most retailers and online shops.
Cons of Flex Seal
It only offers a temporary solution so you need to plan for proper maintenance as soon as you can.
So, does flex seal stop leaks?
Yes. When applied correctly without leaving any gaps it prevents leaks. It is because flex seal has capability to seal out moisture, air, and water.
Beside, with flex seal you prevent your roof from rust and other corrosion that could cause more damages.
How Much Roof Sealant Do I Need?
It will depend with the size of your RV roof and damages it has. However, with an assumption that you need to coat the whole RV, then this guide can be of help with a metal RV roof.
Coats such as Premium White, Kool Seal White/gray/black, and Xtra-Lite Premium White elastromeric coats can be used. The coats provide a rubber like appearance once dry.
The coat’s rubber like nature that makes the coat a good sealant other than acting as a general coat. Drying takes about 4-6 hours. Once dry, apply another coat to make it 2 for a finer appearance and glow.
Using the latter 3 coats, about 1 gallon of coat can cover 80 square feet of corrugated metal roof. For a concrete, bonded tar, gravel, foam, or bitumen roof, about 1 gallon of coat can cover 50 square feet of roof.
What is the Best Sealant for RV Roof?
Finding the best sealant starts with identifying the material type of your roof; metal, rubber or fiberglass. Each roof material can be best maintained using a suitable coat and sealant. However, I will discuss best coats and sealants for these roofs.
Rubber roof coats and sealants that are weatherproof, energy efficient, puncture resistant, and flame retardant:
1 Proguard F99911 Liquid Roof
A single coat can be used. Efficient in rubber roof and last about 5 years. It has a wide coverage as 1 gallon can coat 42-45 square feet. High temperature stability of up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once dry, it has a nice rubber glow that is shiny with a rubbery feel. It is much easy to apply with just the right thickness.
2 Heng’s Rubber Roof Coating
Rubber like roof appearance and feel. Suitable for one or two coat application. It is resistant to UV rays thus protects your RV. It is non toxic and non pollutant. It applies easily and consistently. It can withstand high temperatures.
3 Dicor RPCRPQ EPDM Rubber Roofing Coating
It has a combined activator and coating. Acts as a protective barrier and enhance durability of the roof. It covers an extended surface with 1 quart covering about 125 square feet. Dries fast.
4 Dicor RPCRC1 EPDM Rubber Roof Coating
Is a good weather and UV resistant and prolongs durability of your roof. Combines a cleaner suitable to prepare your roof with an acrylic coat. Covers up to 125 square feet. It is durable.
5 Liquid Roof RV Roof Coating
It is a waterproof and can be applied for all weather use. A single coat can be enough. 1 gallon of the coat can cover about 42-46 square feet. It offers a great sealant in crevices and cracks. Resistant to harsh environment and protects against UV rays. Durable
6 Liquid Roof RV Liquid EPDM Coating
It is easy to apply. Enhance durability of the roof. It is a good repair product and a sealant to leaks. It has an aesthetic beauty once dry. Protect against UV damages. It is water proof and freezing resistant.
Generally, the coating add weight to the roof. Besides, it is more expensive in comparison to rubber and metal coats. However, in terms of maintenance it is the best and very economical.
Some of the best fiberglass rv roof coats include:
Dicor RPFRC1 Fiberglass Roof Coating.
Flexible and expand as well as contact bet on the roof movement. The brilliant glow adds to its aesthetic value. It is resistant to mildew and algae making cleaning easy. Besides, the coat can be used to seal cracks thus preventing leakages.
Elastometric Roof Coating
Used in various roofs. Other than adding aestetic value to the roofs, the coat does not destroy the structure of the roof. It also protects the roof against damage and extreme weather condition.
Besides, it acts as a sealant. It expands and contracts with the roof best on weather thus remains uniform.
Some of best elastromeric roof coating include:
- KST Coating KST063600-16 1-gallon Elastromeric Roof Coating
It is durable and offer a protection to RV roof against damages. It is resistant to harsh weather. Besides, it can be applicable in any weather condition since it will still adhere to the roof. It is resistant to mildew and algae. It is also a sealant to crevices and cracks.
- Dehco 16-46128-4 Roof Coating
Good for rubber roofs. Durable and flexible in all weather use and is crack resistant. It is easy to apply and also act as a sealant.
- KST Coatings KST063600-20 RV Elastomeric Roof Coatings
Also known as Kool seal. Easily adheres to roofs in all weather. Protects the roof from mildew, algae, and moisture. It reflective glow adds its aesthetic value.
Some of the Best RV Roof Sealant include:
- Dicor 501LSW-1 4-pack Self-Leveling Lap Sealant
- EternaBond RSW-4-50 RoofSeal Sealant Tape
- ToughGrade Self-Leveling Lap Sealant
- Geocel 28100V Pro Flex RV Flexible Sealant
How Long Does an RV Roof Last?
Ideally, an RV roof should last at least 15years to 20yrs and even more after which a complete roof replacement is needed. However, most roof do not reach their lifespans for several reasons such as poor maintenance that allows damages such as leaks, and accidents such as tree fall among other issues.
Often, leaks are likely to occur after 10 years. Although in some extreme weather conditions leaks can occur as early as 5 years due to corrosion by nature. You also need to be keen whenever you purchase a used RV since leaks could be a problem.
Leaks that can cause sever roof damages should be prevented through maintenance. A good coating and sealant use on the roof saves you the extra cost of replacing the whole roof.
Also, not that if you allow leaks to go on for long the value of your RV depreciates too fast and resale can bring much losses.
How Long Does a Rubber Roof Last on an RV?
With proper maintenance, rubber roof can last at least 12 to 20 years. However, poor maintenance can reduce its durability to a maximum of 8 years. So, be sure to maintain your roof well.
Maintenance Do’s and Don’ts
For proper maintenance, the following are Do’s and Don’ts:
- Clean with soap and water. Do not use petroleum distillates since it can cause the rubber to swell or be loose.
- Scrab with moderation to remove dirt debris. Overscrabbing wears off the roof
- Do not use harmful chemicals such as toilet detergents since they can cause corrosion
- Apply suitable coatings and sealants for rubber roofs.
- Do not store under sunlight. Cover when not in use. Sunlight degrades the rubber roof and reduces the durability of the roof
How Long Do Roof Coatings Last?
Generally, most coating can last up to 10 years or more. However, the durability of the coat is dependent on several factors including manufactures specification, weather conditions, and roof maintenance.
Often, extreme weather conditions is likely to reduce the overall lifespan of coat and you may be required to coat before it actually attain its estimated lifespan.
Furthermore, accidents and tree falls can cause scratch or peeling of the coat and you may be required to replace. In addition, lack of proper maintenance is a threat to coats durability.
For instance, cleaning the roof without following simple guidelines such as washing with pressure wash, using too much pressure and hard bristle brush, using corrosive distillates such as some petroleum products can actually destroy the coat.
How Do I Waterproof My Roof?
Water leaks through the roof is not only a nuisance to comfort but also destroys the roof and may result in costly repairs. So, sealing leaks is important. Furthermore, making the roof water proof could be a good idea.
Follow these guide to water proof your roof:
Remove all debris such as leaves, branches, and accumulated dust from the roof. You may need a soft brush to do this work
Use soapy water and pour on the roof. Leave it for some minutes to allow softening of dirt and debris that stuck on the roof.
Use a long and soft bristle brush to clean the roof.
Rinse with clean water and let it dry.
Around any projections, dents, and junctions to the roof, cover or apply a sealant it may be a liquid, or a tape. Allow time to dry or cure
Coat your RV with a good coat that is waterproof or water repellant. Some have sealants mixed. Coat every corner of the roof including around any projections from the roof.
Leave to cure. Your roof is water proof.
How Do I Stop My Roof from Leaking Inside?
You use sealants to seal any gaps, opening, and dents. However, you can use a coat that has a sealant mixed in it, or perhaps it is water proof to coat the whole roof and prevent leaks.
Also, you can learn more on better maintenance of your RV holding tanks.
Can I Pressure Wash My RV Roof?
No. It is not recommended. It is not a good idea at all because you will cause more damages than good. In fact, pressure wash can make u spend more on maintenance and even repairs that could be avoided.
Pressure was can wear off RV seals, remove paint, and destroys caulking. In worst case scenarios, removal of coating and sealant can cause roof leaks and you won’t enjoy the ride.
You may even be forced to halt your trip during harsh weather to fix the damage that could have otherwise been prevented.
I know a pressure wash is fast and even much easier than washing manually with your hands to remove dirt, debris and bird dropping. However, think about the damages you will incur and the cost of repairs.
Just do manual wash with your hands, use soap and water. Low to mild brush can be used to clean rubber and fiberglass roofs. Also, for all roofs do not apply too much pressure to scrape off dirt.
To make your work easier, consider pouring the soapy water over the roof to make it wet and leave for about 10 minutes before starting to clean to soften all dirt. Scrub gently using brush or a piece of cloth or towel, with soapy water. Rinse with clean water and allow it to dry.
Practice caution. Ensure the brush has a long handle or the towel is tied to a stick to make it long enough since the roof would be slippery. Especially if the RV roof is curved.
Soapy water makes the roof slippery and being on top of the roof while directly cleaning with a towel using your hand poses a risk of you falling to the ground.
Reseal You RV Roof (Video)
Watch this amazing RV transformation that sealed the roof well.